Skoda Laura RS India launch confirmed

Speed lovers alert: Skoda to launch Laura RS on August 31

It’s official! Skoda Auto will launch the Laura RS (Rally Sport) on 31st August, 2011 in India. CarToq had earlier reported that the company would launch the Laura RS with the RS body kits, but not the 200 bhp, 2.0 litre turbo-petrol engine.

The Laura RS is expected to come with the same 1.8 litre TSI engine that the present model is equipped with. The engine makes a decent 160 bhp of maximum power and may be mated to a 5-speed manual. There’s a slim chance that Skoda may also offer the 6-speed automatic DSG (Direct Shift Gearbox).

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Photo: The India bound Skoda Laura RS may look a lot like this model

It’s likely that the 200 bhp engine is not making its way to India because of the dwindling demand for petrol cars and the rising fuel prices. You may remember that the Laura RS was showcased at the Delhi Auto Expo in 2010. Read more about the Skoda Laura RS here.

Sporty exterior: The car will look the part to justify the RS tag and will likely get a track inspired exterior design. The RS will offer optional 18” Neptune light alloy wheels while it will come with 17” Zenith alloy wheels as standard.

The noticeable changes include, a sporty chrome tipped double exhaust and an aerodynamic spoiler. Additional features like xenon headlights with dynamic angle control, fog lights and the LED daytime running lights too will be offered.

Racing inspired interior: The Laura RS will boast of sporty Alcantara/leather seats with lateral support and the coveted RS emblem. Other interesting touches include, race-bred alloy pedals on the foot well, rubber grips and stylish grey-trimmed floor mats in the Laura RS.

The present Laura model is available in the Rs. 11.99 lakh to Rs. 18.21 lakh range (ex-showroom, Delhi). The car is offered in three variants namely, Laurin & Klement, Elegance, and Ambiente. The variants are offered with three engines a 1.8-litre TSI petrol that belts out 160 bhp of power, a 1.9-litre TDI PD that churns out 110 bhp of power and a 2.0-litre TDI PD which gives you 140 bhp of power on tap.

The Laura RS is just one of the many launches to come from Skoda’s stables.  India will also likely get the Scout station-wagon, a less expensive Yeti SUV and a sub-Fabia small car (in the Rs. 3 -5 lakh range). Read more about Skoda’s upcoming launches in India